Simple Steps to Gain a Part-Time Job in the UK

Published On: 04 Jul 2012

 | Last Updated On: 18 Feb 2013

As university fees rise and funding becomes increasingly sparse, more students have no choice but to take part-time work to support themselves during their study abroad. Most universities acknowledge the fact that many students need to undertake some paid work during their studies, but recommend a limit of 10 to 15 hours a week during term time. However, not every institution permits its students to work, so it is advisable to check with your university before seeking a part-time job.

Generally speaking, students from outside the European Economic Areas (EEA) are also allowed to work during studies. This is subject to some regulation and employers are likely to check your status before employing you. To know more about the restrictions on work hours please visit UKCISA: UK Council for International Student Affairs Working in the UK during your studies.

A part-time or casual job has its own benefits. Firstly it will help you fund your expenses. Secondly it will boost your transferable skills such as those relating to teamwork, organization skills and time management. In addition, you will get a taste of working life. Gaining work experience will help you in your search for employment in the UK, in your home country or anywhere in the world.  

Where can you work?

Many part-time roles are available locally and are seasonal. Employers recruit casual employees to cover busy periods such as Christmas in retail and summer in hospitality.

Here are some simple yet effective steps that could help you get a part-time job in UK:

Student Job Shop:

Your first stop when searching for a part-time job should be the university Student Job Shop, a place that may tell you about the various options to work on campus, perhaps in the university library or to even secure work as a teaching assistant.

Job Search Engines:

Learn about all the major job search engines that can help you find jobs. Many of the sites focus on part-time and hourly jobs or have a sophisticated search engine that will enable you to search quickly for part-time jobs in your location. In many cases, you will be able to apply online.

Be Prepared:

Keep in touch with your potential employers so as not to miss on any job opportunity. Also be prepared for possible on-the-spot interviews. You also need to be mentally prepared to work as sometimes you get the job offer quickly and are required to join immediately.

Apply Online:

Many major part-time job employers prefer online applications. Make sure you visit the official websites of prospective employers and read all information on their application process. Apply online with all necessary documents and do so within the deadline as competition for part-time jobs is stiff. Employers may also ask you about your previous work experience, salary etc. Provide honest answers and remember the important details.

Know when you can work:

Think carefully to decide if you need to take up a part-time job and to estimate the number of hours you need to work. Do not work more than you need to as too much work while studying can have a negative effect on your academic performance. If you are leaving full-time employment to make time for higher studies, it may be a good idea to ask your employer whether you may keep your job but reduce your hours particularly if your chosen course will enhance your performance.

Check the Ads:

Many small employers advertise in the papers, rather than listing online.

Students looking for a part-time job should be alert not to miss on any job opportunity. So don’t forget to look up the “help wanted” ads in your local newspaper.

Stay and Look Confident:

Keeping yourself well groomed is another important factor that will help build a positive image in the mind of the prospective employer. Before you begin looking out for a job, make sure you know the rules governing work permission in the UK. Be confident and prove to the employer that you can juggle both studies and work. With this, you are now set to receive your part-time job offer.

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